In this discussion, we will explore organizational ethics and the impact that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives have on different communities, populations, and the organization itself.
Boston College maintains a center dedicated to promoting and recognizing organizations and their unique CSR programs and endeavors, called the Center for Corporate Citizenship. Each year, they sponsor an award program and invite organizations to submit brief and compelling videos depicting their CSR initiative. A winner is selected annually based on a set of specific evaluative criteria. The center maintains a YouTube channel for anyone to be able to view these videos, and this is the link:
https://www.youtube.com/user/BCCorporateCitizen (Links to an external site.)
I would like each of you to select a CSR video clip that you would like to share and discuss with the class. The video clip selections are on a first-come first-serve basis, so please review the selections of your peers before you post to ensure there is no overlap! There are many great videos to choose from! Please include the link to your chosen video in your initial post.
For your main post to the discussion, please answer any three of the discussion questions below (you may respond to more, but three questions is the minimum):
What type of giving is demonstrated by the organization (monetary, products/services, volunteer time)?
What organizational resources are needed to implement this practice?
Is this example of corporate citizenship specific to a local community, or is it far-reaching?
How many stakeholder groups are positively impacted by this organizational practice? Which one(s)?
Does this practice negatively affect any stakeholder group or segment of the population; is it unethical or potentially harmful in any way to anyone?
What improvement(s) was the result of this organizational practice?
What challenges may this effort pose to the organization itself?
Does it appear that this practice is a short-term or long-term effort – does it have an endpoint or is it ongoing?
Does this practice deal with a need/issue that can be anticipated and planned for, or something that is unplanned and unpredictable (e.g., crisis)?
What is your opinion on the significance/value of this organizational practice? What factors influence this opinion?
Participation credit in the weekly discussions will be based on the following structure:
Each student must make a minimum of three posts for each discussion – one main post that answers the question(s) presented by the professor, and two replies to posts made by your peers. The main post must be a minimum of 300 words in length and made by Friday evening at 11:59pm ET. The reply posts must be approximately 75-100 words in length and may be made any time before Sunday evening when the week closes at 11:59pm ET.
All posts must be substantive, relevant, and respectful, and contribute value to the discussion. “I agree” types of posts are fine to make, but they do not count towards the minimum posting requirement.
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